Today’s Throw Back Thursday fly is the Renegade, an attractor fly developed in 1928 by Taylor “Beartracks” Williams. It’s said the original fly had all white hackle and was changed to brown/white when “Beartracks” moved to Sun Valley.
Another story states George Herter claimed it was an English fly pattern named the Marryat, tied by Mrs Edith Cox in the late 1800s and named for George Marryat.
Whatever the truth is, it’s still an effective fly, although forgotten by many.
It’s the holiday season, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
My wife suggested we take this net to the river the other day hoping we’d catch some rainbows to use on our Christmas card. Well, the first day the pressure was too much I guess as I lost three nice trout. We went back a few days later and both of us landed a beautiful fish…with this colorful rainbow taking the winning spot on our card…her fish! Continue reading →
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I talk about Craig Mathews and Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Craig and the rest of the guys in the shop are responsible for many of the flies I fish. The flies they develop fit my description for success – simple to tie, effective in catching fish. Perhaps that is the ultimate definition of a “guide fly”. I know fly fishermen who wait for the annual Blue Ribbon Flies catalog to see the new flies developed and tested by these tyers. Continue reading →
Today’s Throw Back Thursday fly is the Carrie Stevens Green Drake streamer. I tied this fly for last year’s Expo Poster Plate, but they used my Pink Beauty instead.
Carrie Stevens created her own versions of streamers for Maine’s Rangeley Lakes Region. In July 1924, she landed a 6 pound 13 ounce brook trout, winning 2nd place in the Field & Stream magazine contest. Shortly after that, she began selling her flies.
As I sit down at my fly tying vise today, I decided to tie a few flies imitating a Blue Wing Olive mayfly.
It’s timely because these bugs are still popping out of their nymphal shucks and I hope to go fishing this week and find a few fish sipping them.
But the main reason I’m tying this fly is I decided to participate in a Westfly BWO fly swap (check out the Westfly online forum at www.westfly.com). First fly swap for me. I looked at the flies others on the forum planned to tie and I thought…“I’m in”! Just the extra push I needed to tie a few trout flies. Continue reading →
I thought it appropriate to offer the Lady Caroline as this week’s TBT fly. Yes, I just blogged about tying it in the last week in Tying Spey Flies – I’m Scared, but it’s perhaps the most famous spey fly. John Shewey in his Spey Flies & Dee Flies book suggests there is evidence “Geordie” Shanks developed it. I believe he was a ghillie for the Duke of Richmond at Gordon Castle for more than 50 years. Evidence suggests he named the fly after “Lady Caroline Gordon Lennox, daughter of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon of Gordon Castle on the Spey in the last century.” (John Ashley-Cooper)